Sue Cavanaugh Talks Textiles at the Cleveland Museum of Art Next Week



Columbus-based textile artist Sue Cavanaugh stops by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Recital Hall (11150 East Blvd.) next Wednesday to discuss her work. Cavanaugh’s art has been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions – including the Columbus Museum of Art, Ross Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, Ohio Craft Museum and more. Previously, she had solo shows at the OSU Urban Arts Space and the Springfield Museum of Art.

“I make marks on cloth,” explains Cavanaugh. “I do this slowly, stitch by stitch, then pull the stitches tight and knot before dyeing. This is the ancient method of stitch-resisted shibori. Removing the stitches reveals patterning, planned and unplanned. The planned provides a degree of order, but it is the unplanned surprises that make all the difference. Most pieces beg for color and I add it in multiple layers of dye. I layer these pieces with plain cloth and batting to give body to the work and add marks to the surface with hand stitches that hold the layers together.”
In 2012, Cavanaugh was selected for a residency in Dresden, Germany by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Free State of Saxony. For 80 days, she worked in a studio at Geh8 Kunstraum und Ateliers. The experience ultimately culminated with a two-person exhibition with Rotterdam-based painter, Marielle Buitendijk.

Her work is in the collections of the Ohio Arts Council and Hilton Columbus Downtown; as well as private collections in Ohio, California, New York, New Mexico and Seattle. Stop by the CMA this Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. to gain insight into her work and creative process.

Admission is free to TAA members and full-time students. Non-members are $5 at the door. 

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